NHL Picks: November 26th 2018

Ottawa Senators vs New York Rangers

The Rangers are coming off loses vs the Capitals and the Flyers. They are 6-3-1 in their last ten and 9-4-0 at home. This the first time on the year the two will face off, last time the Senators and Rangers played was February 17th, 2018. The Senators are one a two-game skid, 4-5-1 in their last ten and 2-7-1 on the road. The Senators average around 3.61 goals for which is the 3rd most in the league while the Rangers score just 2.79 goals for the 23rd most in the league. The Senators do allow 4.35 goals against a league worst as the Rangers allow 3.08 goals against. The Senators have the worst penalty kill in the league as the Rangers have the 19th best power play (19.7 percent). This will be a game where Henrik Lundqvist gets back in net and Craig Anderson will attempt to bring his goals against down to a respectable rate(3.91). Tonight with the Rangers at home and -1.5 while the Senators are +1.5 struggle on the road, with a decent money line on the Rangers and over/under of six. I’d go money line Rangers. 

Boston Bruins vs Toronto Maple Leafs

With the Bruins banged up and the Maple Leafs at home it seems like this is a no-brainer for many fans around the league. The Leafs are without Auston Matthews still but the Bruins are without four of their top defenseman, and Patrice Bergeron. In Patrick Marleau’s 1,600th career game the Leafs are going to come out buzzing. The Leafs are 7-5 on home ice and 7-3-0 in the last ten. The Bruins are on a two-game win streak and 6-2-2 in their last ten with a 5-4-4 away record. The Bruins average 2.83 goals for compared to Toronto’s 4 goals for a game. The Bruins allow 2.39 goals against vs Toronto’s 2.59 goals against. This is going to be a barn burner, two teams with a long history dating back to the 1900’s. These two meet four times a year and it always turns out to be a game to remember. The last time they played was earlier this month when the Bruins won 5-1. Toronto is -160 with a -1.5 spread, the over/under is 5.5, I’d probably say go Bruins money line. Spread will be tough and over is likely to hit also.

Columbus Blue Jackets vs Detroit Red Wings

The last time these two played was October 30th where the Red Wings came out on top 5-3. This means the Blue Jackets will probably take this one on the road too. The Blue Jackets are 7-4-1 on the road and 6-2-2 in the last ten as the Red Wings are 6-3-1 in their last ten and 6-4-2 on home ice. Just based on how every point matters and the Blue Jackets want to stay in the top of the Metro I doubt they drop two games to Detroit this year. The Blue Jackets score 3.35 goals for (10th) and the Red Wings score 2.65 goal for (28th) as the Blue Jackets allow 3.13 goals against and the Red Wings allow 3.09 goals against. The Blue Jackets can clearly score the only way the Red Wings win here is if they score another 5 goals, I doubt we see Bobrovsky who has been playing much better and allow 5 goals up on his recent solid play. Tonight with the Blue Jackets -155 and -1.5 spread with a over/under of 5.5. I’d be fine with sticking money line again on the Jackets. 

Washington Capitals vs New York Islanders

The Islanders and Capitals always make a great match up. This is the first of four matchups between the two. The last time these two played was last season March 16th. The Capitals are starting to string together some wins and gain some more confidence, as the Islanders are slowing down a bit. This could be a big confidence game for the Islanders. On the year the Islanders are 6-2-2 on home ice and also 5-4-1 in their last ten as the Capitals are 6-4-1 on the road and 7-3-0 in their last ten. The Capitals are on a five-game win streak and I think they keep rolling tonight. The Capitals average around 3.43 goals and allow 3.13 goals against as the Islanders allow 2.86 goals and score 3.18 goals for. Both teams can score and we will see a lot of goals tonight, I think the over is a great idea. Also the Capitals power play is 5th in the league as the Islanders penalty kill is middle of the pack. With the Capitals -110 and given 1.5 goals to start the spread is a great idea tonight. Capitals spread for sure. 

New Jersey Devils vs Florida Panthers

Both teams are on a losing streak they need to snap out of and only one team can win here tonight. These two usually see each other two to three times a year and have played one time this season already where the Devils won 3-2. The Panthers are 8th in the Atlantic as the Devils are 8th in the Metropolitan division. The Devils are 3-5-2 in their last ten and 2-9-0 on the road averaging 2.95 goals for and allowing 3.27 goals against on the year. The Panthers are 3-3-2 on home ice and 5-4-1 in their last ten, dropping their last three games. The Panthers score around 3.24 goals for and allow 3.62 goals against behind the Senators for the league’s worst. James Reimer will hold the pipes tonight as Robert Luongo is out for now, Keith Kinkaid gets the nod once again as he begins to take over number one duties in New Jersey. With the Panthers -140 and -1.5 spread, I’d probably either stay away from this game or go Panthers money line. Don’t feel too hot about the over here tonight, but see the Panthers getting a win on home ice tonight. 

Three team money line parlay: 

  • Jackets, Leafs, Rangers (parlay option one) 
  • Jackets, Leafs, Panthers (parlay option two)
  • Jackets, Leafs, Capitals (parlay option three)
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